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All posts by Andy Walker

  • 5 games from rAge 2014 that left us saying ‘more please’

    A weekend of rAge (god damn, I hate how that's spelled) mayhem has come and gone, leaving many gamers' hands pain-stricken, stiff and their hearts filled with lust for forthcoming titles. Although there was a ridiculous array of new releases to choose from, one couldn't quite play them all. But because there were so many, how on earth could you pick which to play? It's okay, but if you didn't play these five games, you weren't doing rAge correctly. These are the pick of the bunch, the five titles that left a lasting impression on me and everyone who seemingly...

  • Pi-Top Indiegogo project lets users 3D-print their own Raspberry Pi laptop

    It's mind-boggling considering just how many projects find their foundations in the Raspberry Pi micro-computer. From home-rolled custom media centres to Kickstarter home automation kits, the Pi's uses are seemingly endless. But until now, no one has really given the Pi its own set of wings yet, making it fully portable. The Pi-Top -- a Raspberry Pi-based DIY laptop -- is the next stage of Pi crowdfunding frontiers it seems, and one of the coolest gadgets we've seen for quite some time. At US$249, it's not cheap by any means considering that many laptops can rival it profusely at its...

  • Will.i.am launches smartwatch this week: makes calls, plays music, don’t need no smartphone

    We're really not sure what to make of Will.i.am (or William Adams Jr., of Black-Eyed Peas fame) and his technology fetish any more. After co-developing Beats with Jummy Iovine and Dr. Dre all these years, launching his custom 3D-printer, designing a bespoke Lexus NX and selling a good few million records, Adams has now set his sights on the enormous wearables market and, more specifically, smartwatches. Hilariously, as a face-slap to Beats' new owner Apple, Adams plans to launch the watch on 7Digital's network at the same time as Apple's iPad launch this Thursday. Best of luck trying to compete...

  • ASUS gadget of 2015 preview: GX500, G551 gaming laptops and R20 ‘console’

    ASUS' booth at rAge this year came complete with a dedicated DJ banging out commercial hits, but one commercial hit at least in the gaming laptop market, is finally coming to South Africa. The Taiwanese-based company showed off for the first time in the country its GX500 -- the flagship model in the G-series of gaming machines -- that looks as sultry as it will be expensive. Unveiled to the world at Taipei's Computex in June, the laptop has already set tongues wagging abroad. Sadly though, it's only arriving on SA shores officially in Q1 2015. Trust me, that's too...

  • rAge 2014: what to expect from Africa’s craziest gaming expo

    It's that time of the year again when the E3 of Africa takes place. NAG's rAge is just a few days away, taking place at Johannesburg's Coca Cola Dome this weekend. It's the twelfth iteration of the expo that has quickly become southern Africa's biggest technology, gaming and gadget expo, and an event we always tend to look forward to. Naturally, Gearburn will be there to prowl the floor, reporting on the latest and greatest games, gadgets and trends from the world of tech, but that's a vague and rather generic explanation, isn't it? Crave a little bit more? Well, stay...

  • HTC’s Desire Eye shoots 13MP selfies from front-facing snapper

    HTC's Desire Eye (a definite selfie-related pun is lurking somewhere in that moniker) is the company's latest handset, but unlike any other before it. Sporting a 13MP camera up front above the screen, it's sole purpose in life is to take cute pictures of new haircuts and cheeky pouts. Gone is the puny VGA resolution video calling cameras we've all grown accustomed to, and in is a sensor large enough to keep a moderately annoying Instagram user entertained for hours. It's seemingly the largest sensor we've seen on a front-facing camera to date, and it's physically enormous too. Interestingly, it's not...

  • Kano custom PC makes coding awesome for kids, technically-challenged adults

    We've probably all heard the term "square-eyes" passed around a lot back in the Nineties, when TV and computer screens were still boxes spurned from the bowels of the devil himself. But two decades on and children are now encouraged to use computers to learn as much as possible. Kano, a novel Kickstarter project, takes this one step further. Kano is a computer that, according to the developers, anyone can build, learn to code on and "create the future". It's largely aimed at kids who love things with screens and electricity, but its now available for everyone. Powered by the ubiquitous...

  • Watch this: Android Wear out, Windows 95 in

    When users booted into their Windows 95 desktops for the first time back in 1995, I imagine that there was quite an air of excitement in the room. Internet Explorer 1.0 came bundled with the OS for the first time, and at the dawn of the dial-up era, the internet was now finally a consumer possibility. Roll on 20 years, and technology has grown so voracious that Windows 95 can now run on a user's wrist. This is both a product of technological folklore and mad science, but it is wholly possible to port Windows 95 to an Android Wear-based...

  • Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs, OS X Yosemite at 16 October event

    Apple's at it again. After the massive launch that saw the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus unveiled, the Cupertino company is rumoured to be throwing another party Gatsby would be proud of come 16 October. But what does it have up its sleeve this time? According to Re/code at least, it will be a relatively mundane affair compared to September's big bash (boohoo), but the world will be introduced to a new TouchID iPad, Retina iMacs, OS x Yosemite (finally!) and perhaps a Macbook or two, but Re/code makes no particular mention of the latter. What it does say however, is...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn't even seek too far up...